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contrary

1. (esp of wind) adverse; unfavourable
2. (of plant parts) situated at right angles to each other
3. Logic (of a pair of propositions) related so that they cannot both be true at once, although they may both be false together
4. Logic a statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true
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12: contrariness constrainers--opposers or counters
His qualified support for the American war effort in Vietnam ranks as the most notable instance of this contrariness.
Among the other Shakespearean tragedies contrariness can be seen in King Lear and Macbeth.
But then, of course, I twigged it - these weren't football illiterates spouting rubbish because they know no better, they were whimsical wits lifting the mood on a depressing evening by employing the well-known device of comical contrariness.
He may feel a sense of contrariness ("us against the whole world"), but he or she is conscious of his country being considered by many as an apartheid state, oppressing another people.
There is no rejection in the scheme of the universe; even contrariness is an aspect of reality.
And, given the general contrariness of weather patterns, having predicted sunshine, the rain gods might decide to spoil the party.
Yet we detect a contrariness in church leadership in not reading the signs of the times, or place.
Seraphina's ironic self-deprecation and general contrariness makes her an appealing heroine and the dragon characters, with their inability to understand emotions and craving for order provide an effective counterbalance to the emotional drama elsewhere in the narrative.
The contrariness of queer theory, the wickedness of a performance that knows it is a performance not only questions the normal that masquerades as truth but questions the very concepts of difference and diversity making tolerance and inclusivity untenable.
He loved to challenge us with his gift of language, his knowledge of the game, his downright contrariness and it all made for stimulating broadcasting and stimulating writing," Maxwell told the service.
Anyone who has seen a restless horse in the paddock will verify the contrariness of it.